1999-2000 – Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity was founded by George Scardena with the help of Duane Hershberger, a Habitat for Humanity International affiliate support specialist.
2001-2002 – Ground broke on the first new home in the Herbertsville section of Brick Township
2003 – Northern Ocean was deeded a one acre lot in Lakewood by Freehold Habitat for Humanity
2004 – Dover Township, now Toms River Township, donated a lot for affordable housing, and the third home was constructed
2005 – Purchased a lot in Manchester from a builder which became the site of the fourth affordable home
2007 – Purchased a 1 bedroom condominium from Toms River Township and did a complete renovation using Community Development Block Grant funds
2007 – Acquired an undersized lot in Brick to go with the adjacent lot donated by Brick Township, and completed sixth home. Later that year, purchased the remaining mortgage balance in the Lakewood home built by Freehold Habitat for Humanity
2008 – Purchased a prime lot in Lakehurst from an estate, and proceeded to complete their eighth home. Later that year, purchased a corner lot in South Toms River, subdivided it and constructed two homes side-by-side completing their ninth and tenth homes.
2009 – Completed eleventh home in Beachwood
2009 – 2012 – The Board of Directors appointed the first Executive Director in order to expand mission outreach in Northern Ocean County. The vision included neighborhood revitalization which includes a paradigm of construction solutions, starting with simple exterior repairs through the ‘A Brush with Kindness’ (ABWK) program. As they embarked on this new chapter for their affiliate, new home construction continued with one project in Jackson and another in Manchester.
2012 – 2016 – On October 29th Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore with a vengeance and Northern Ocean County was spared none of the devastation. More than 9,000 buildings, about 30% of Ocean County’s property tax base, were heavily damaged by Sandy’s floods and winds. About 225 homes were washed away in the storm, leaving countless families homeless in the region. In an effort to abate the homeowner problems created by Super Storm Sandy, the construction team expanded by 200% and concentrated most of its efforts to addressing the devastation Sandy wreaked on our neighbors. In the three years following Sandy Northern Ocean Habitat returned 60 families to their restored Sandy ravaged homes. During the Sandy-era, Northern Ocean Habitat completed construction on two new affordable homes in the Manitou Park neighborhood in Berkeley Township. A partnership with Ocean County Vocational and Technical Schools was formed to complete these homes, which created construction jobs and enabled students to gain real-life experience while giving back to their own community
2016 – Due to the generosity of Berkeley and Toms River Townships, two lots were donated to Northern Ocean Habitat. Construction was completed on the fourth affordable home in Manitou Park.
2017 – Ground broke in Toms River on 18th affordable home.